Foodie Things to Do This Weekend and Beyond

Food Events in New Jersey

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Through April 14: Enjoy three-course meals at many Jersey Shore restaurants during Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. Prices will be fixed at $20.14 or $30.14 per person. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Rahway  Taste of SpringApril 11: Rahway Arts District’s Rahway Taste of Spring will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rahway Recreation Center. For $30 in advance and $40 at the door, guests will enjoy more than 60 gourmet food, wine and beer vendors, plus live entertainment, music, art, and more. All proceeds go to the Rahway Arts District. Click here for a list of participating restaurants. 275 East Milton Ave, Rahway.

April 12: Jersey Shore Restaurant Week hosts Burgers, Bloodies & Brews from 12 to 4 p.m. This event will take place at Harpoon Willy’s and no tickets are necessary. Call  (732) 223-8880 with any questions. 2655 River Rd, Manasquan.

April 12: For $50 guests can enjoy a screening of Tampopo in addition to a Sake and wine/beer tasting with starters. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the screening will start at 6. For tickets, call 856-453-8130 or 973-864-4001. Little Mama’s Cafe, 20 West Commerce Street, Bridgeton.

April 13: The State Theatre in New Brunswick is screening Hey Bartender, a documentary focusing on the role of the bartender and the cocktail in American culture. Local bars such as Stage Left and The Frog and the Peach will take part in the event, competing in a cocktail competition judged by the director of the documentary, Doug Tirola, among other distinguished judges. The competition, beginning at 3 p.m., will segue into the movie from 4:30 to 6:15. For $25, guests (21+) will have access to the competition and the movie, and will have the opportunity to sample four William Grant & Sons specialty Hey Bartender cocktails during the movie. Admission to just the movie is $10. Tickets can be purchased here15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

April 13 to 18: Make your reservations for Bordentown’s Restaurant Week. Sample the fine eateries of Restaurant Row, all for a fixed price of $19.95 to $29.95. Click here for a list of participating restaurants and to make reservations.


April 19: Come to the Jack DiSalvo Charity Baseball Game at 2 p.m. to help raise money for a scholarship fund for New Jersey student athletes who demonstrate strong athletic abilities as well as academic excellence and are fueled by the motivation and determination to succeed. The game is open to the public and with a donation of any amount, participants will receive two free tickets with a meal voucher (Suggested Donation: $25). Celebrity Chef Anton Testino of Hell’s Kitchen will be preparing a special Ball Park Style menu and will also be at the game taking photos and signing autographs. Tickets can be purchased here160 Parmelee Ave, Hawthorne. 

BOTS-LOGOApril 22: Jenks Club in Point Pleasant hosts its annual red gravy competition, Boss of the Sauce from 6 to 9 p.m. Restaurants from Ocean and Monmouth counties will be participating, and a portion of proceeds will go to Ocean County Hunger Relief. The cost is $10 a person at the door ($8 in advance). 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach.

April 24: More than 150 restaurants in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley will be participating in Dining Out for Life, an annual event to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. One-third of the proceeds will be donated to the cause. Click here for a list of participating restaurants, and all you have to do is dine at your favorite one!

April 25 to May 4: Celebrate springtime at the shore during the Cape May Spring Festival. Events include the Cape May Wine Trail, the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, and a pork & Pints pig roast. Contact the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts at 609-884-5404 or check their website for the schedule of events.

April 30: Escape Chef and Owner, Bryan Gregg, will cohost a five-course wine-paired dinner with acclaimed Chef James Laird of Restaurant Serenade. Cost is $95 per person with 50 percent of the proceeds being donated to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey. Menu, wines and details can be found at and reservations can be made by calling 973-744-0712. 345 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair.

May 10: Pay a visit to America’s Grow-a-Row’s Farm-to-Fork Fundraiser from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Life Camp in Pottersville. Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman will make an appearance as the guest speaker. This unique fundraiser features local food artisans, a farm-fresh dinner and fine auctions. To participate or attend, visit americasgrowarow.orgLifeCamp, 67 McCann Mill Road, Pottersville.

May 10:  Unionville Vineyards’ Spring Wine Festival. Speakers tent will feature Jersey Bites’ own Deb Smith, mozarella demonstrations from Fulper Family Farms, worldwide wine trivia, and career reflections from winemaker Cameron Stark. Bring chairs or a blanket, enjoy 90 acres of sprawling New Jersey farmland. Tickets include a wine tasting flight and Unionville logo wine glass. General admission: $20. Youth, 13-20 years old, and designated drivers: $10. 12 and under: free. Click here for tickets. Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. 908-788-0400.

May 31: The Montclair Food & Wine Festival kicks off with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. Event tickets are $95 (general admission) from 7-9 p.m. VIP tickets are offered at $120 (6 p.m. early admission). The museum’s stunning galleries will be open to attendees for viewing. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be on hand with samples of choice bites. Tickets and details can be found here.